Open File Report 2009-02

Open File Report 2009-02

OFR 2009-02

Compilation of Alberta Groundwater Information from Existing Maps and Data Sources

Author(s) Lemay, T.G. Guha, S. Date 2009-07-13

Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) has been involved in mapping the province's geological framework for almost 90 years. Much of this map information can be used to help develop a broad understanding of Alberta's groundwater resources. In addition, other organizations and agencies have also compiled information on groundwater in Alberta, most notably the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration through its county-scale hydrogeological mapping program. Some of the products from these additional mapping initiatives contain digital data that can also be used in the compilation of groundwater resource information.

During 2007, AGS and Alberta Environment staff gathered the available digital datasets, PDF files and hardcopy maps from the internal and external sources listed above to create an initial view of the extent and nature of groundwater resources in Alberta. This report provides details on the data used, the limitations of the data and any assumptions made during the creation of the products.

GIS data for the compilation of the Alberta Research Council's hydrogeology maps are available in the associated digital dataset 2009-0003.